Cirque Du Soleil is a high voltage circus act featuring world class gymnasts from all around the world. Cirque has many shows running the length and breadth of the Las Vegas strip and is featured on many a bucket lists. James Cameron Produced Cirque Du Soleil Worlds Away is a feature presentation which aims to bring together all the different Cirque productions by tying them together in a story of love and longing and adventure to find that one true love.
The story kicks off with an Alice-in-wonderland looking Mia who walks into the travelling Circus Marvelous and chances upon the Aerialist and it is love at first sight. Then through curious circumstances The Aerialist falls off while performing and when Mia goes to help him up the ground slips from under them and they are thrust into a dreamlike world featuring many different worlds that both must traverse through to find each other.
In the style of Jules Verne’s Around the world in 80 days and 20000 leagues under the sea Mia and the Aerialist must go on one adventure after another to finally be together.
I’ve seen other Cirque movies, the ones with the audience reactions and while they were the second best thing to seeing Cirque live I was dismayed when the scenes would cut to audience gasping or clapping. Not with this movie – this is filmed like an adventure story with no allusions to it being performed for a live audience. The different worlds of Cirque merge together seamlessly. There is very little special effect but it might feel like the entire movie is one giant CGI. That is the beauty of Cirque. These men and women who represent the epitome of human physical perfection perform such breathtaking feats that it is astonishing to believe that there are no second takes or green screens involved, just gymnasts pushing the limits of what is believable.
Cirque features not only top notch gymnasts and acrobats but also world-class costumes, costumes which bring alive creatures that are only limited by your imagination. It features stunning music which elevates the aerial choreography to a whole new level.
Some of the different Cirque shows featured in this movie are O, Mystère, Kà, Beatles Love, Zumanity, Viva Elvis and Criss Angel Believe. There are many moments that I loved but a couple of my absolute favorites were the jumping Superheros from Viva Elvis and the underwater world from O. Andrew Adamson who directed Shrek and The Chronicles ofNarnia does well to bring together the different worlds of Cirque together.
Cirque Du Soleil is available on DVD/Blue Ray but I wonder how amazing it would have been to see this on the biggest screen possible. Pop this in over mindless CGI nonsense that passes for summer blockbusters and be taken away on a ride to some of the most beautiful visuals that are not computer generated and marvel at what the human body is capable of achieving.